5 Ideas to do Cardio Exercises at Home

April 15, 2013 | By More

 

Sometimes, finding the time to exercise can be quite challenging in these days of never ending chores and errands. However, regular physical activity is a fundamental part of a healthy lifestyle, and it is particularly important if you are trying to lose weight.

In today’s article, we will take a look at a few ideas to do cardio exercises at home that will help you save time; and who knows, maybe even a little money.

 

Here are a few cardio workout ideas to exercise at home:

.#1. Climbing Stairs:

young woman doing cardio exercises at home

Although it is something most of us tend to avoid at work (admit it, when was the last time you didn’t take the elevator?), Climbing stairs is an excellent high-intensity workout that can be done at home in a few minutes. You don’t believe me? Just try climbing up and down the stairs for 10 minutes straight and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Don’t overdo it, take it slow and find a pace that allows you to do it safely. Here’s a tip for you: Incorporate an MP3 player with a few of your favorite upbeat songs and things will be much more fun. Don’t forget to include “The Eye of the Tiger”, also known as “Rocky Balboa´s workout song”, it’s a classic that never gets old.

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#2. Jumping Jacks:

Although some may say it is a repetitive exercise, jumping jacks are actually a very effective type of aerobic workout that can help you build endurance and stamina quickly. Try jumping at different speeds during small intervals to make things more fun. Here’s a short video that shows you the right way to do it:

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#3. Sprinting on the Spot:

This is one of those exercises that seem to be very easy, but in reality, it is harder than it looks. The easiest way to explain it is: sprinting on the spot is like running without changing your location. Besides being an excellent alternative for rainy days, it is also a great way to work out at home and still enjoy your favorite TV shows (that’s right, just get off the couch and get moving. It’s that simple, and you can even start by “walking on the spot”). Additionally, adjusting the intensity of this kind of workout is relatively simple; all you have to do is change your pace or raise your legs a little bit more when things get too easy.

Here’s a quick video that shows you the right way to do it:

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#4. Push-Ups:

Push-ups are one of those classic workouts that will always be popular. They are a great way to strengthen your arms, but they also exercise your abdominal and leg muscles at the same time. I encourage you to try it, even if you start by doing one push-up per day, after a week you will be able to do five, and after a month you will be doing 20 in a row without a problem. There are also modified versions of traditional push-ups that can be an excellent way to get started. The next video shows a few variations you can try, I hope it is useful:

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#5. Jump rope:

Besides being a lot of fun, this exercise can be done at home and doesn’t require expensive equipment; all you need is a rope and perhaps some music. The key is to start the slow and keep things safe at all times. Although some people think it looks like a game children would play, jumping the rope is a very challenging physical workout that can help you lose weight quickly. The next video will show you a few advanced alternatives you may want to try after you master the basics:

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That’s all for today. I hope these workout ideas help you incorporate more exercise into your week; it’s only a matter of being creative and having a positive attitude towards physical activity. Make sure to keep things simple and make your workout sessions fun and enjoyable. It can also be a great opportunity to exercise with your family and spend quality time together.

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Do you have any cardio exercise suggestions you would like to share? Please tell me about them in the comments section available at the end of this post and let me know if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you (even if it is just to say hi, come on!).

 

 

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